It's quite possible I'm not using that word correctly in this instance. Here's what we get according to Dictionary.com:
in-fa-my [in-fuh-mee] -noun: extremely bad reputation public reproach, or strong condemnation as the result of a shameful, criminal, or outrageous act
So maybe that is a little extreme to put that label on 2/11. Not everything that was associated with it was that nefarious. In fact, some of it was rather exciting. I just found it so intriguing that 2/11 is now a date with so many historic events having happened on that it that I had to bring attention to it.
It started with the text I received yesterday at work. Elijah was extremely stoked that he was getting his braces removed. He hadn't even had them that long (less than a year). However, it probably seemed like an eternity to him. Personally, I can't tell the difference in his teeth. At least not in pictures. Still, the fact that that happened yesterday was pretty monumental for him so I'll count it as well.
There was also the fact that Grandma's birthday is on 2/11 every year. I have already given her an appropriate shout out in the previous post. Little did she know that she shared that day with so many other renoun moments in time. Oddly enough, all which occurred during the same year...
2/11/1990 - Nelson Mandela was released from prison. After having 27 years of the prime of his life taken from him, Mandela was freed in the wake of a changing South Africa. It always amazed me that his wife stuck with him and/or stayed married with him all that time but then they divorce shortly after he is released. There couldn't have been a better example of absence making the heart grow fonder.
2/11/1990 - Buster Douglas KOs Mike Tyson in the 10th round. No one gave Buster any chance whatsoever. Who would when his nickname was "Buster"?! It was supposed to be just a tune-up fight for what was slated to be the real match-up: Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson. However, in the Tokyo Dome, Douglas scored arguably one of the greatest upsets at all when he floored the seemingly invincible Iron Mike for the ten count. Neither boxing, or Tyson, have ever been the same since.
2/11/1990 - Dominque Wilkins regains his Slam Dunk title. It was All-Star weekend in Miami. Nique was undoubtedly still seethng from his nail-biter just two years prior when he and His Airness went head-to-head. He came up on the short end what is STILL the best Slam Dunk contest ever and was out for revenge. It's just too bad that Mike
was on a temporary suspension due to gambling allegations retired for the first time and didn't compete.
But the one event that DEFINITELY deserves the "infamous" title for 2/11/1990 date. My little over-drinking incident. It wouldn't even do it justice to try to sum it up in a couple of sentences. You just wouldn't get the full picture. Click here to get all the gory details. Yes, 2/11 holds some very diverse memories.